“Learnt your lesson yet?” Augustus had waited for me to finish my ice cream before addressing the elephant in the room.
I mumbled in assent, aware that there was nothing to be gained by acting like a stubborn mule. “I just wanted to explore the area on my own; I didn't think that far ahead.”
He scoffed and replied, “Do you know where we're staying tonight? How could you wander alone in an area like this? Impulsive actions are nothing more than stupidity; your rash actions could have had severe consequences.”
Despite his harsh words, I did not think he was frightening me on purpose. If not for him, I would be sleeping on the streets right now. I did not understand the local language, after all. If I was lucky, I might have run into a kind police officer offering shelter. But of course, I could not bring myself to imagine what could have happened if luck was not on my side.
My embarrassment eventually dissipated, and I sighed. I looked at Augustus miserably and asked, “Why didn't Josephine come to find me?”
Augustus frowned, evidently perplexed at my concern for Josephine in such an hour.